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We have 144 Immunology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

An immunology PhD would give you the opportunity to research a specific area of the immune system in great detail. You’ll likely be trying to understand how cells communicate, the role of certain signals, or how the immune system is altered in specific diseases. These projects are almost always laboratory-based.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Immunology?

As a PhD student in Immunology, you’ll gain extensive laboratory skills, particularly in cell culture, and develop the ability to critically appraise methods used in the literature to decide which is best for your research.

Some typical research topics in Immunology include:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • The immune system and cancer
  • Vaccine development
  • Anti-inflammatory drug development
  • Communication between immune cells
  • The immune system and disease

A majority of Immunology programmes are advertised with full funding attached. These are advertised on the university website and are either three-year programmes or part of a four-year doctoral training programme. While the general research aim is pre-determined by the supervisor for advertised projects, you’ll be responsible for shaping the project along the way.

Proposing your own research in Immunology is rare as you must find a supervisor with research goals that align with yours, that has the instruments you’ll need and find adequate funding to cover bench fees alongside PhD fees.

In your daily life you’ll be performing experiments in the laboratory, analysing and creating figures from previous data, and talking through methods and results with your supervisor and colleagues. At the end of your PhD, you’ll contribute to your field by producing an original thesis of around 60,000 words and defend it during your viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Immunology PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biology, with at least a Merit or Distinction. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to show that you have the right level of language proficiency.

PhD in Immunology funding options

The research council responsible for funding Immunology PhDs in the UK is the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). They provide fully-funded studentships including a stipend for living costs, a consumables budget for bench fees and a tuition fee waiver. Students don’t apply directly to the BBSRC, you apply for advertised projects with this funding attached.

It’s uncommon for Immunology PhD students to be ‘self-funded’ due to the additional bench fees. However, if you were planning to fund yourself it might be achievable (depending on your project) through the UK government’s PhD loan and part-time work.

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Investigation of a novel cell death protein

This project is being offered as part of the Bonn and Melbourne Research and Graduate Group, a joint PhD program in Immunology between the University of Bonn and Melbourne (. Read more

Redefining the use of steroids in endometriosis: key mechanisms and new solutions

Endometriosis is a debilitating condition that affects an estimated 190 million women of reproductive-age worldwide [1]. In endometriosis, cells similar to the lining of the uterus typically form lesions around the bowel, ovaries and bladder, causing chronic inflammation and scarring. Read more

Self-funded BMS project: Rewiring RNA networks to train innate anti-tumour immunity

Cancer immunotherapy has transformed outcomes in clinical oncology. Yet, challenges remain. not all types of cancer respond to current immunotherapies, and for those types that significant benefits are observed, there are still patients who show poor responses. Read more

Self funded BMS Project: Understanding the population dynamics of haematopoietic stem cells during gene therapy for sickle cell disease

Applications accepted for PhD Only. Background. This project builds on the recent discovery that whole genome sequencing approaches in blood stem and progenitor cells can be used to estimate the number of actively contributing blood stem cells in humans (Lee-Six et al., Nature 2018). Read more

Self funded BMS Project: Innate immune responses in aymotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia.

Applications accepted for PhD Only. Neurons express an innate immune response cascade to regulate synaptic homeostasis. We have identified activation of components of this innate immune cascade in response to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia associated (FTD) mutations. Read more

How does the immune system change during children’s interstitial lung disease?

3-year NHLI-funded PhD post. Applications are invited from candidates with a Master’s degree (Merit and above) and undergraduate training in biological sciences for a PhD studentship. Read more
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Identifying tau protein regions involved in mediating neuronal vulnerability in Alzheimer’s Disease

Identifying tau protein regions involved in mediating neuronal vulnerability in Alzheimer’s Disease. Supervisor Dr Lovesha Sivanantharajah (l.sivanantharajah@bangor.ac.uk). Read more

Investigation of mucosal immune responses to respiratory pathogens including SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses and related vaccines

COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus infection has resulted in significant morbidity and mortality. Despite the current vaccination that reduces the numbers of severe COVID-19 cases and death, it fails to prevent new infections in many people which still result in high numbers of hospitalisation. Read more

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